Emails leaked throughout final autumn’s hack of Sony Pictures revealed how a related CEO of a serious company tried to court docket favor with an Ivy League college. Michael Lynton was making an attempt to enhance the probabilities of his daughter getting into Brown.
Last week, Wikileaks introduced that it had listed the tens of hundreds of leaked emails that Sony has labored vigorously to defend, even going so far as to threaten prosecution towards anybody who tried to entry them.
Among the searchable index are emails wherein Michael Lynton, Sony CEO and a Harvard University graduate, is proven in 2013 making an attempt to enhance the Ivy League probabilities of his daughter, who had utilized to each Harvard and Brown University.
Lynton contacted Brown searching for to set up what would grow to be of a million-dollar donation arrange as a scholarship for a full-need scholar on the school. The scholarship was to be in honor of a supposed pal of Lynton’s.
“I was pleased to receive your phone call and to learn that you are still interested in establishing a scholarship for a full-need student in memory of your friend Nathaniel Chapman ‘79,” a Brown consultant wrote in response to Lynton’s inquiry. “This would be an enduring memorial to him and to your friendship.”
Chapman “was recruited by the CIA in 1980 to fight the Soviets,” Lynton wrote in an e-mail to Tom Rothman, chairman of TriStar Productions, a Brown alum, and member of the school’s board of trustees.
Through insider dealings, Lynton was quickly supplied a private assembly with Brown’s president throughout an official go to to the campus along with his daughter.
Rothman later forwarded an e-mail to Lynton from Brown’s president, Christina Paxson, wherein she mentioned “we will certainly look at [Lynton’s daughter’s] application very closely.” The daughter, Maise Lynton, was finally accepted into the Brown University’s class of 2019.